*We are so glad that spring is here! Lana is having a blast being outside. She is constantly on her swingset (thanks, Thigpen family!) or in her car (thanks, Lyon family!). But above all else, her favorite thing to do outside is take a pole to the pond and fish with her Daddy!
*She has also become very interested in helping me in the kitchen lately. I found a great bread machine for very cheap on Craigslist, and we have had a blast making (and eating!) bread together. She is a wonderful sous chef: loves to measure and pour and crack eggs and grate cheese and put things away and wipe off counters! How did I ever cook without her?
*Crafts and projects are her favorite indoor activity these days. I bought her a little plastic storage unit with shelves and filled it with lots of craft stuff: wooden sticks, sequins, tissue paper, beads, straws, etc. She will put a plastic placemat on the table and just go to town.
*At her Easter musical this month, a little girl did a ballet dance, and Lana has been SO into ballet after watching her! She will dress up and show us her "ballet dances," and keeps asking when she can take a ballet class. We've told her she has to be 5. At first, I thought I'd let her give it a shot this summer, but I couldn't do it. Once we let her start taking lessons and doing things out of her home, it just won't stop. And because she does go to preschool, which includes Music and Discovery classes, I just don't feel like she needs anything extra. Not to mention, I just don't want to add one more thing to our schedule! We really value dinners together and time to walk to the pond and fish, and with Dan working 3 nights/week, we have to guard our time carefully.
*We think she is outgrowing the beloved nap. She will still lay down and fall asleep, and sleep for an hour or hour and a half, but when we put her in bed at night, she will just lay awake until sometimes after 9:00 p.m. On the days she doesn't get a nap, she is out like a light at 7:00. This is kind of a neat stage, because if we have something to do at night like small group and we know she'll be up late, we can make sure she takes a nap and can handle the late night. But if we want her to go to bed early so we can watch a movie or Dan can study, we let her do quiet time in her room instead of nap, and that works, too. Thankfully, she is SO GOOD about quiet time. We let her choose a few things to do in her room (along with the books and puzzles that are already there), turn on some music for her, and she stays in her room and plays until we get her up. This lets me get a nap if I need it, even if she doesn't!
*She is doing so well learning things at home and preschool: she can write her name, Mommy, Daddy, and Tucker. She's learning to write our last name. She is also learning to draw shapes. Number sense comes very easily to her, and she's beginning to grasp some basic addition concepts. It's so fun because she just LOVES it. She's still not quite ready to start blending sounds (a beginning step to reading).
*Her favorite thing at preschool is circle time - she is SO into the calendar. I'm thinking of pulling mine down from the attic so we can use it during the summer. Oh! Maybe I'll set her up a little pretend school area with it - she would LOVE that! Her primary struggle at preschool is sitting still in her seat at lunchtime. She's such a wiggle worm. We have to work on that at home during meals, too, though, so it doesn't surprise me. Her teacher says her other struggle is (oh, surprise!!) that she is sometimes a bit bossy. I can't imagine where she gets that from. We're working on that, together.
*The discipline issue we've been dealing with at home this month is her arguing and wanting to debate decisions with us. If we tell her no, her response is often, "But...." We are working hard to teach her to do everything we ask without complaining or arguing, and to accept our "no" as happily as she does our "yes." A challenge, to be sure.
*We are working on catechism with her, mainly through songs called "Songs for Saplings." Catechism is most often used in Catholic circles, but there is such value is teaching our children the building blocks of our faith. It's, very simply, theology, presented in the form on questions and answers. So if you ask Lana "Who made God?" she will respond "Nobody made God." Or, the one we're working on right now is asking her, "What happened to Adam and Eve when they sinned?" The response we're teaching her: "Instead of being holy and happy, they became sinful and miserable." We began with Who God is and Creation, now we are working through the Fall and Salvation, and then we'll progress to the Work of Christ. We are really enjoying this!
*The most wonderful thing happening in our home this month is watching Lana and Tucker interact more and more. His whole face lights up when his sister walks in the room. She is so careful to take care of him. If she's in her room playing and hears him fussing in the living room, she dashes out to sing him a song or dance for him. They are adorable in the car - they just can't get enough of each other. This relationship just melts my heart.